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Best Scuba Diving Spots In The World?

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9:23 am
April 23, 2013


Financial Samurai

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Hi Folks,

Any divers out there? If so, I'm wondering what are your top 3-5 best diving spots you've been to?

A couple people have mentioned Palau in Micronesia. Anybody ever been?

I got the taste of the deep blue the other day and I think I'm hooked!

Thanks,

Sam

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Sam

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10:05 am
April 23, 2013


saverocity

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I certified in Mexico for OW and then the Red Sea for Advanced, currently a Rescue Diver.

 

My favorite spots:.

Sipidan and Sibuan Islands (off Borneo)

Dahab Egypt (like Sharm but cheaper)

 

Just got back from the Maldives, hoping for Whalesharks but sadly they eluded us.

 

For me I like seeing cool things, but get annoyed at inflated prices(like in the rest of life) in Dahab the dives were something like $5-10 for air… and a small amount/free for equipment rental.

10:16 am
April 23, 2013


Financial Samurai

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saverocity said:

I certified in Mexico for OW and then the Red Sea for Advanced, currently a Rescue Diver.

 

My favorite spots:.

Sipidan and Sibuan Islands (off Borneo)

Dahab Egypt (like Sharm but cheaper)

 

Just got back from the Maldives, hoping for Whalesharks but sadly they eluded us.

 

For me I like seeing cool things, but get annoyed at inflated prices(like in the rest of life) in Dahab the dives were something like $5-10 for air… and a small amount/free for equipment rental.

Very cool! The great thing about diving I'm discovering is that it just ads a new dimension to travel. One can do a vacation just based on diving, or go diving on the side. This is so awesome! I've been to Borneo, and would love to go to Egypt.

 

Whalesharks would be amazing!

Regards,

 

Sam

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10:38 am
April 23, 2013


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10:44 am
April 23, 2013


saverocity

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We always try to slot some diving in when going somewhere cool – for example we are taking a cruise to Bermuda from NYC and will get a day or so in there.  When flying you have to watch out for Pressure/Nitrogen so you have to wait 24hrs after your last dive before departing, something to factor in.

 

It's not really that hard to get into, though I like Rescue Dive Certification as it starts taking a little more accountability for safety aspects of the dive, otherwise you can become too much of a spectator and not be aware of risk management.

 

I'd recommend it to anyone, though I think where you certify makes a big difference – EG Dahab for Advanced was fantastic as you would dive, then head back to the beach for a milkshake and snack whilst working on the theory side of things.. VS Rescue that I did in Dutch Springs PA (freezing cold) nasty weather, and altogether a much more miserable time.

 

We learnt not to over dive too, some people can go every day of vacation, but we slowed down because sometimes after being in the water too much you start getting tired, or feeling crappy and it stops being fun.  1 day of diving in a 3-4 stopover is perfect for us.

10:48 am
April 23, 2013


Financial Samurai

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Saverocity – What equipment would you recommend one get for themselves? And how much do you think an average person spends on all the equipment and per dive?

I agree about spacing a dive out once every 3-4 days or longer.

I'm also a fair weather fella as I get older, so I'll be sticking to the 70 degree water and up please!

S

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Sam

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5:56 pm
April 23, 2013


saverocity

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You need to get equipment in stages, building your kit up, my logic is what has ruined my dive:

 

1.  A good mask – you can get a decent one for $30-$60 and be sure it will fit you, otherwise you might get stuck with one that doesn't fit right when on vacation which can ruin the dive.  You MUST try the mask on in person – you can buy it online later if you like, but you must fit it.  A mask is great because its also one of the smallest things you can get and packing is simple.

 

2.  Fins – same problem, I have used rented gear several times and had to use fins with all rubber 'footholes?' that have torn so one or both fins slips when kicking.  I much prefer the ones I have bought which come with a strap on the back.  Cost is similar to a mask for nice set.  These are more of a PITA for packing though, and I don't always take them with me.

 

3. Dive Computer – I don't have one, just did my first dive (over 80 now) with one in the maldives and thought it was OK – personally, the only thing I need to worry about when I dive is how much gas is in the tank… but the comp does help in making a safe ascent, and warns you when you are staying too deep on a multilevel dive.  I don't have one.

 

4. Octopus/Reg – I haven't bought one, but I have had a lot of crappy ones rented, it does make a nice difference to have your own but for me the price prohibits

 

5. BCD – I haven't bought one of these either, I have rented several that leaked, but the leaking really doesn't impact the dive, once you buy your own your travel requires another large sized suitcase to accommodate this.  Not worth it for me.

 

I would have the Oct/Reg/BCD if I lived in a place I dived, like Miami, but since I travel and like light then they are too much hassle for me.

 

The above is the things you are 'supposed to have' The things I have bought, and aren't on the list above are:

 

Dive Safety Ballon Dive Lights; Dive Knives (I carry 2); Underwater Camera casing; First Aid Kit; Dry Bag (rubber material, buy the big size) so you can fit a nice change of clothes for post dive, a Hoodie or even a T Shirt that are dry are great things on the way back from a dive  - anything you walk on the boat wearing will somehow get damp.

 

GET DAN MEMBERSHIP – they offer insurance for Divers, covering accidents, and even cover things that don't happen when Scuba diving.  They will pay for airlifts to a decompression chamber, and the treatment there.

9:19 pm
April 23, 2013


Financial Samurai

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Saverocity – Thanks for the tips. Mask, snorkel, fins seem easy enough. 

Don't see a Panerai Submersible or Submariner on the list of items to buy!

Regards,

 

Sam

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9:44 pm
April 23, 2013


saverocity

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Here you go:

 

http://saverocity.com/blog/cas…..bigcrumbs/

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